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will on the history of religion and politics which and then james taylor monday night on c-span. >> hawaii senator daniel inouye i'd monday at the age of 88. he served for than 33 years as senator. a memorial service was held friday with president obama among the speakers and his funeral will be tomorrow in hawaii. his colleagues paid him tribute on the senate floor tuesday. this is about an hour. >> mr. president, i would just first say that my friend chairman of the ju dish yare committee has been honored to receive one of the senate's highest honors of the senate and icon grat late him on. that and i join with him in expressing my sadness over the passing of senator daniel inouye. he came to this government 60 years ago in the legislature hawaii. he came to congress when hawaii became a state in 1959, to the snalt in 63, second nonl service to robertbird. this is a seers man, a solid man, a patriot and one who always had a good spirit about whow he conducted his affairs and how rerelated to other members of the senate and to his constituents and to the american people. he served in the most vio
. and he is, at this time, in hawaii, the greatest leader. he served his country as a soldier, receiving the -- highest honor our nation can be so. when we think of how he began to serve his nation, it was difficult to believe the difficulty in hawaii as japanese americans to be a part of our nation's military, they were denied, they were considered aliens of this country. but he was one of those that wanted to serve his country and they went to the highest level to receive, to receive the dignity, and eventually they were given the honor to serve our country and as we now know, they became the greatest unit in military history with the most decorations of any unit and also with the highest level of decoration of the medal of honor. he served as a leader, the third longest serving member of the u.s. senate in our nation's history. he served as a defender of people of this country, championing his charges for civil-rights including the equal rights of women, asian americans, african-americans, native hawaiians. it is an incredible understatement to call him an institution, but this chambe
's longest-serving and finest senators. an iconic political figure of his beloved hawaii and the only original member of a congressional delegation still serving in congress, he was a man who had every reason to call attention to himself but who never did. he was the kind of man, in short, that america has always been grateful to have. especially in her darkest hours, men who lead by example and who expect nothing in return. mr. reid: mr. president, i -- the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: yes, i didn't mention -- i should have, but i'm really -- have been waiting the last hour or so to make sure that it was okay with his wife that i came here and said something, so i haven't had time to do much other than feel bad about senator inouye. as i indicated, i talked to irene. i wasn't able to talk to ken, but i did talk to irene. i want to make sure that everyone understands the depth of my feelings -- i'm speaking for the entire senate. he believed in me more than i believed in myself, many, many years ago, a couple decades ago, he said, you know, you're going to do grea
'm pleased to be here today to tell you about an exercise we conducted this past summer in hawaii as part of rim of pacific exercise which involved 22 participating nations and this offered us a venue to be able to conduct a humanitarian and disaster relief exercise with all the different partners that we had together and collaborating with this exercise, this offered a perfect opportunity for us to introduce the military capabilities and interaction in exchange with our civil military partners as well. the exercise was located on oh oahu we had used that island as a fictitious island of chianti where we wanted to do a humanitarian response but it also provided us an avenue for the state-wide partners, the civil hawaiian partners, to be able to exercise their exercise as well. this exercise also allowed us the opportunity to intro daus a lot of technology to help with the interoperatability of the civil military exercise. one of the main goals that we had for this was to allow our military a crisis response adaptive force package and opportunity to allow their training and certification
hawaii seek to be recognized. >> i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: resolved that the house of representatives, one, received with profound sorrow the news of the death of senator inouye, a senator from the state of hawaii. two, authorizes the speaker to appoint such members as he may designate to serve to represent the house in attendance at the funeral of the senator. three, directs the clerk to communicate this resolution to the senate and transmit a copy to the families of the senator and four, when it adjourns today, does so as a further mark of respect to the memory of the senator. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from hawaii is recognized for one hour. >> thank you, mr. speaker. earlier this week, my state of hawaii and our nation lost a truly great man, senator daniel k. inouye and began serving our country when he was 17 years old joining the army after the attack on pearl harbor. at that time, people questioned people who looked like him and that is why he join
news session. >>> the senate majority leader is asking hawaii's governor to act fest. they want to fill the senators seat by the end of the year. he wants to ensure that hawaii is fully represented. he died of respiratory failure last wreak, and still no deal on the flitch. hawaii representative colleen hanibusa. >>> president obama started his evacuation this weekend. they arrived in honolulu this morning. mr. and mrs. obama, their two daughters will spend the l holiday in hawaii. the temperature there this morning, it's pretty nice out there, 72 degrees. we have a lot more still to come on wjz eyewitness news. >>> a massive fire with dozens of injuries, who's still missing and what's blamed for the blaze. >>> first homicide on record if a while, where this crime occurred and how long it's been since the last one. >>> and a daring rescue, why this police officer jumped. check this out, into freezing water. what people are saying about it now. >>> making a list and checking it twice, holiday shopping is hard work but for some kids, it's a li
this is your last meeting, you're going to hawaii, good luck, (singing( ) fly the ocean in a silver plane. the islands, when wet with rain, remember we will miss you here, and all your work with disabilities (singing) we will be alone without you. maybe you will see the water blue, blue. and you will have a lot of warm climate. and it will make you smile in the island sun. and i hope but most of all, you have lots of fun... whether i'm disability right, disability wrong, whether i find a place in the city, i've got to be me, i've got to be free, with disability, i'm willing to try, do it or die, i have to be disability free. our world -- is waiting for you. i know you won't fall down. you won't settle for disability. if you could have it all. i've got to be free. you've got to have a better disability, willing to try, do it or die. you've got to be disability free. thank you. see you later. >> thank you so much mr. poston, you always brighten our day. aloha. do we have - this is a familiar face, our next public speaker is my former cochair -- welcome back. >> thank you very much. i a
. here's an easy question not so easy to answer. little kid says to you, "so you live in hawaii. really nice, nice and warm all the time." "yup, nice and warm all the time, man." "i got some friends live up in northern alaska. it's cold all the time." "well, that's the way alaska is, man." [laughter] "how come it's so cold up there and so warm in hawaii?" then you say, "well, there's no reason for that. "hawaii is tropical and alaska is not. that's it." the kid says, "no, back in the question, why?" and you say... why is it so warm here and so cold up near the poles? is there a reason for such a thing? check the neighbor. well, that's easy enough. hawaii is closer to the sun. alaska is farther away. is it true? is hawaii closer to the sun than alaska? you guys know that the closer and closer you get to the sun, the hotter it is? you know that? you know you get within a million miles of sun, the best materials you can make with vaporize-- not vaporize the term real hot, well, maybe vaporize. you guys been knowing that? unless you go at night time? [laughter] well, how about that? it is t
's getting ready to speak at the funeral services for the late senator from hawaii, daniel inouye. we will have coverage of that. later this afternoon the president will formally make the announcement of john kerry as his next secretary of state succeeding hillary clinton. we expect that announcement from the roosevelt room at the white house around 1:30 p.m. eastern. cnn, of course, will have live coverage of that as well. plus, the collapse -- near collapse i should say of the fiscal cliff negotiations. there are new developments on that front, as i say, as we watch this funeral service at the national cathedral for daniel inouye. we'll have much more on all of this, a very busy friday here in the nation's capital, and we'll be right back. add up to 100 calories? your world. ♪ [ whispers ] real bacon... creamy cheese... 100 calories... [ chef ] ma'am [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. yeah we both relieve coughs, sneezing, aches, fevers. and i relieve nasal congestion. overachiever. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal co
of hawaii. in and our defense secretary leon panetta at the national press club on defense policy and spending. the senate is in session at 9:30 eastern. members will continue consideration of a bill that will help the victims of hurricane sandy. the senate banking subcommittee on financial institutions is holding a hearing this morning on consumer credit reports. witnesses will include representative of the consumer protection bureau, about oversight of the credit reporting market. you can see that live on c-span3 and noon eastern. >> one of the things that did surprise me a little, i didn't conduct a nationwide survey but among people with long guns that i talked with high found very often the reaction, your way of thinking before and after you get a gun is very different. i think any law-abiding gun owners realizes when he has a gun, he or she, it is a huge responsibility. if you use this weapon irresponsibly or wrongly you could get yourself in legal trouble, you could cause unnecessary death, you did not intend to harm to, makes you very careful. it should make you very caref
opponents wrong. thanks to daniel inouye, hawaii has become a modern, prosperous state. many alaskans have a special fond unless for the 50th state, especially i have to say at this time of the year when it's 40 below in fairbanks. daniel inouye began his public career and service at the age of 17 when he entered the army after the attack on pearl harbor. he served with incredible distinction, earning the nation's highest military medal for action in italy. as a member of the senate, senator inouye continued his fierce defense of his state in his partnership with alaska. my preye predecessor, ted steve, knew senator inouye as his brother. they worked together and produced much good for both our states. that will last for generations. when i was elected to this office, senator inouye was one of the first members to reach out to me to ask how he could help. the unique thing about senator inouye was always his quiet approach to all the issues. he provided me quiet advice and helped me learn how this place works. many times i'd be down here at the podium and in the well here waiting for the vo
showed a great partnership. this is the health care association for hawaii and this is the part of the agency that helped us coordinate the medical response part of this. they were able to conduct a 50-bed disaster medical assistance team hospital on the island of oahu and this allowed the state of hawaii to be able to exercise their state-wide disaster drill. one of the things that hawaii has never been able to do is to be able to practice together in one live exercise. they have all of their processes, how they're going to respond in a local disaster situation, but they have never been able to really put that to use. and being able to partner with us during the rimpac exercise offered them the opportunity to do that. we also had a lot of civil military interaction by us providing a lot of capability for them to be able to exercise their disaster plan as well. you see some patients here in the moulage. they were able to moulage and fake wounds and put triage information on over 125 casualty actor patients. and we were able to triage them tlau that 50-bed hospital system in
will name them. jesse watters in hawaii, everybody. find out about president obama's deep connections to that state. a tropical watters world up ahead. bill bill impact segment tonight, the 2012 ebenezer awards are given out by the beckett fund for religious liberty which tracks attacks on christmas which don't exist according to jon stewart. in the past beach ebenezer award for banning a christmas turkey give away. commissioner in cocoa mow got ebenezer for replacing a kresh with lock necessary monster. and city manager of eugene, oregon got an award for banning christmas trees in any public space out there. let's start up with the -- by the way it's ebb feeser scrooge based on christmas carol by charles dickens. most people know that but i wanted to clarify. >> first runner is santa monica after having nativity scene on display for 60 years. they put the scene in moth balls and took it away. >> bill: they said you could do real life people or something we covered this briefly. an atheist attacked the display. >> yes. >> the atheist, the courts have ruled that you can have these thin
until i left hawaii for college. even though my mother and grandparents took great pride that they had voted for him, i confess that i wasn't paying much attention to the united states senate at the age of four or five or six. it wasn't until i was 11 years old that i recall even learning what a u.s. senator was or registering at least. it was during my summer vacation with my family, my first trip to what those of us in hawaii call the mainland, so we flew over the ocean, and with my mother and my grandmother and my sister who at the time was two, we traveled around the country. big trip. we went to seattle and we went to disney land which was most important, and we traveled to kansas where my grandmother's family was from, and went to chicago and went to yellowstone. we took greyhound buses most of the time and we rented cars and would stay in local motels or howard johnson's and if there was a pool at one of these motels, even if it was just tiny, i would be very excited and the ice machine was exciting and the vending machine, i was really excited about that, but this is at a time
of the party the state of hawaii and the nation. >> he was aboard air force one with president obama who has been vacationing in hawaii. he is expected to be sworn in lart today. >> it is the next step in the long healing process for the people of newtown connecticut. the town moving forward with plans for a permanent memorial honoring the 26 victims of the sandy hook massacre. all of the flowers letters photos and teddy bears will be turned into soil and blocks to be used atz the foundation of a future memorial. dozens of people singing mazing grace as they remembered the two firefighters murdered in western new york. ♪ i once was lost but now am found ♪ >> that community coming together to honor fallen heros. the two men were shot and killed during an ex-con's christmas eve ambush. for the first time we are also hearing from those who survived the attack some firefighters. a joint statement offered the pair's gratitude for all of the prayers they have gotten. doctors have upgraded both of their conditions to satisfactory. >> oo to maine where a dive team from the police department will
. inouye of hawaii. even noe now his desk sits draped in black and his chair with a lei flown in from his home state of hawaii and all of us this week have known and felt the change in this chamber. the senate has lost a giant, and america has lost a hero. danny inouye was truly a great man, and i feel blessed in my short time here, my two years, to have been -- had the opportunity to sit with him over a private lunch, to joke with him occasionally in the anti-room, to learn something of his spirit and his personality. he had such a big heart and such a wonderfully gracious spirit. most of the senators i've had the honor to come to know in these two years, i only knew as a great distance as a local elected official, at someone as a business community at home in delaware. and, frankly, when i asked senator inouye to lunch, i was intimidated. as a congressional medal of honor winner, as a giant of the senate, the chairman of the appropriations committee and the president pro tempore of this senate, i, frankly, trembled to sit with him at a lunch and was delighted to discover a person so app
as investors react to the impending fiscal cliff. and right now president obama leaving for hawaii without a deal. and this is a live look at joint base andrews right now. both the president and house speaker john boehner commenting just in the little while on any possibility, any chances of reaching a deal on capitol hill. stay close. this holiday, share everything. share "not even close." share "you owe me..." share "just right." the share everything plan. shareable data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. hurry in for a droid razr m by motorola for $49.99. but they have to use special care in keeping the denture clean. dentures are very different to real teeth. they're about 10 times softer and may have surface pores where bacteria can multiply. polident is designed to clean dentures daily. its unique micro-clean formula kills 99.9% of odor causing bacteria and helps dissolve stains, cleaning in a better way than brushing with toothpaste. that's why i recommend using polident. [ male announcer ] polident. cleaner, fresher, brighter every day. [ male announcer ] polident. nfc
in the case of dan, hawaii, in the case of ted, alaska, and in both of their cases, the country, ahead of any kind of partisan squabbling. danny inouye lived a full and remarkable life. we will miss him dearly. he was proud of his japanese heritage, proud of his roots, proud of his service as a champion of veterans and veterans' rights. he loved our troops. it is fitting that a building at the walter reed army institute of research now bears his name. i often marveled at how hard he fought to regain his health in the face of mounting odds. he died with no regrets. aloha was his last word. hawaii misses daniel inouye, america misses him, and our thoughts are with his wife irene and his son daniel ken jr. who was a great friend of my stepson johnny heinz. and also the rest of his family at this difficult time. i yield the floor. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, are we in a quorum call? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, i rise to pay tribute to senator kay bailey hutchison who will be retiring at the end of the year. senator hutchison has been a dear friend
of the senate and the state of hawaii as long as history is written. his place in the history books will not fade. as the second-longest serving senator in our history, senator inouye's career in congress spanned the life of hawaii's statehood, elected to the senate in 1962. only robert byrd served longer. senator inouye's tradition of service began long before he came to the united states senate. he was working as a medical volunteer when japanese warplanes attacked pearl harbor. he was just a boy, a teenager. from the time he was just a kid, he wanted to be a doctor, a medical doctor, but a different fate awaited dan inouye. after the attack, as we all know too well, japanese americans were deemed enemy aliens and were therefore not subject to the draft. in spite of that, in spite of the humiliation, more than 110,000 people of japanese ancestry were imprisoned in american internment camps. i have seen the pictures, we have heard the stories. they were in prison. yet dan inouye and other japanese americans, in spite of the unfair designation of being an enemy alien, volunteered to
leaves hawaii for washington, tension on capitol hill is on high. >> i don't see how you could handle a large plant involving tax reform in a matter of days. >> serious doubt is setting in. even starbucks is getting involved. john boehner said he is sitting this round out. >> i think that john boehner is being controlled unfortunately by the right wing pickwick that leaves it up to harry reid and the rest of the senate to find a solution. the plan would avoid tax increases and would eliminate some big spending cuts and restore unemployment benefits. >> you are likely to see a two- step process. >> without a deal, bush era tax cuts will expire on january 1. congress set up the deadline hoping it would force a compromise. so far that has a compromise in. also flyback will be brian schatz. he will be replacing daniel inouye and will likely be sworn in later today. danielle leigh, wbal-tv 11 news. >> with the new year comes new state laws. >> kim dacey has more on what to expect. >> on tuesday, a dozen new state laws will go into effect. some were highly discuss. one allows gay couples to
to serve in congress has died. senator danielle inouye -- daniel inouye from hawaii passed away after battling some respiratory problems. he was 88. he was first elected in 1959, the same year hawaii became a state and he's been serving ever since. inouye was the second longest serving member of congress. he was also a war hero. born in 1924, inouye was 17 when japanese planes flew over his home to bomb pearl harbor and he signed up. he lost an arm to a german grenade while he was fighting in italy. his colleagues are still amazed by his legacy. >> it can be seen in every mile of every road in hawaii, in every nature preserve, in every facility that makes hawaii a safer place. >> senator inouye died at walter reed national military medical center. this was yesterday. he was 88. >>> still to come when the news continue this morning, theater bus. the next segment is for you. he "les miserables" is playing at the national theater. coming up in a bit, we'll talk to one of the stars of the hit musical and hear her sing as well. you don't want to miss that. >> first, a bulletproof backpack.
to be cleared by today. >>> hawaii senator daniel inouye died monday after being hospitalized with respiratory complications. his passing prompted president obama to tweet, "aloha, danny." senator inouye was 88 years old. we have a look back at his remarkable life. >> reporter: democrat daniel inouye was the second longest serving u.s. senator and the third in line for the presidency. he was also the first japanese american to serve in congress and a world war ii hero. >> all of us in hawaii looked up to him, and we are so sad to see him go. >> reporter: inouye was born in hawaii in 1924 and dreamed of being a surgeon. he heard the call to arms when japanese planes flew over his home to bomb pearl harbor. he served in italy and there lost an arm to a german grenade, leading a battle that won him the medal of honor. >> everything became a bit crazy. bullets flying all over the place, and my arm flew off. i looked for the grenade because i knew it was in my hand, and there it was still clutched. and i peeled it off and threw it at the enemy. >> reporter: inouye was elected to the u.s. house of r
. >>> after two days of services here in washington, hawaii is saying goodbye to the late senator daniel inouye. a public viewing is under way right now at the hawaii state capitol in honolulu. meanwhile senator majority leader harry reid is asking hawaii's governor to act quickly to fill his seat. reid is asking for the vacancy to be filled before the end of the year. he served in the senate more than 50 years. he died on monday at the age of 88. >>> president obama will attend a memorial service for the late senator tomorrow. he's in hawaii with the rest of the first family for their annual holiday trip. they arrived early this morning. they're expected to spend christmas on the island. the president kicked off his vacation with a round of golf this afternoon. >>> aides say it will be a short vacation, though, for the president. he's expected to return to washington right after christmas to work on a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. last night the president urged lawmakers to use their time off to think about a solution. he recently called for a smaller deal that would extend
to those people attack christmas this year. we will name them. jesse watters in hawaii, everybody. find out about president obama's deep connections to that state. a tropical watters world up ahead. ghtful ♪ ♪ but the fire is so delightful ♪ nothing melts away the cold like a hot, delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup from campbell's. ♪ let it snow, let it snow can i still ship a gift in time r christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. bill bill impact segment tonight, the 2012 ebenezer awards are given out by the beckett fund for religious liberty which tracks attacks on christmas which don't exist according to jon stewart. in the past beach ebenezer award for banning a christmas turkey give away. commissioner in cocoa mow got ebenezer for replacing a kresh with lock necessary monster. and city manager of eugene, oregon got an award for banning christmas trees in any public space out there. let's start up with the -- by the way it's ebb feeser scr
in hawaii. -- grew up in hawaii. it makes him an honorary asian- american. he is the first asian-american president as well. tonight's events would not be possible without our community partners. a group that helped make all this happened, i am going to read them all. the asian business alliance, asian law alliance, the asian pacific american leadership institute, chinese-american cultural association, chinese american political association, citizens for better community, culture to culture, why in the chamber of commerce of northern care of -- kawai and chamber of commerce of northern california, northern california chinese athletic association, national association of american professionals, national federation of independent business, national federation of filipino americans, the filipino chamber of commerce, around of applause for all of our community partners, please. that was a lot. [applause] >> i am so glad he had to do that. our next speaker is u.s. congressmen. he is representing the 15th congressional district of california in the u.s. house of representatives. in con
stays in hawaii. he will head back later this evening. he did take out with the first lady to express gratitude with service members on behalf of the nation. >> we know it's not easy, but what we also want you to know is you have the entire country behind you and all of us understand that we would be nowhere without the extraordinary service that you provide. i want to say thank you and we love you. >> kristen welker is live in honolulu. it's early in the morning there, but president obama traveling home to d.c. 10:00 p.m. hawaii time. there doesn't seem to be a lot of urgency rarg the fiscal cliff. are they geared up and ready to work on this? >> i think they are. they are hoping that the pressure to get something done will encourage everyone to come to the table to compromise. if you think about it, they have less than a week to get a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. not a lot of time. how did we get to this point? taking you back to last week, you remember john boehner tried to get that alternative bill through the house. his own bill. he didn't have the support to do it. it fell ap
. >> there is a new senator and he replaces the longtime senator who died earlier this month from hawaii. he was sworn in by vice president joe biden thursday. before his appointment, he served as a whole yes' lieutenant governor. -- he served as hawaii's lieutenant governor. the head of the environment protection agency is stepping down after four years. the tenure was notable for the high-profile fights against global warming the keystone oil pipeline, and new revelations of a coal-fired plant. jackson is expected to step down as president obama has a state of the union address. >> the president of the nra is weighing in on david gregory and his decision to put a high capacity ammunition clip on meet the press, which also caught the attention of d.c. police. >> there are two lessons don't ask the government what is legal and what is not legal because half the people don't know, and second that is a silly felony. >> it is illegal to have the high ammunition high capacity ammunition clip in the district. they say the incident demonstrates how outdated some gun laws are. a local man who has spent years
the gentlelady from hawaii rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. without objection. ms. matsui: our country joins the people of newtown for their greff and loss and we mourn the sudden passing of our patriot senator inouye of hawaii. senator inouye loved his constituents. our thoughts and prayers with irene, ken, jessica and little maggie. our sympathies to his hard-working sfaff. the senator loved hawaii and his work on behalf of hawaii is leg end dear and no one person who did so much more to ensure hawaii's future than senator inouye. he loved his country and received the medal of honor in her service. senator inouye never forgot where he came from and i represented his dear mother in 1980 when i first ran for the state legislature and i'm proud to count senator inouye as my friend since that time. and we can best honor senator inouye's legacy by continuing to be strong for hawaii and our country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. further one-minutes? for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio rise? mrs. capito: i ask unanimous consent to addr
and hawaii. that's he humility he showed his entire life. there was no staff there just the two of us. we talked for an hour. i would always remember -- having passed away yesterday, it will be imbedded in my mind. as we left, we both thought about fact we had not been able to sit down and talk like that enough. he professed at that time -- his words -- how lucky he has been his whole life. he said i got at emphysema now. i said, not from smoking. he said, i learn to smoke in the war as a boy. he smoked from 1944 to 1967. he told me he had lung cancer. but they were wrong. they took part of his lung out. he talked about how lucky he had been with surviving what he fought with lung can certification but how lucky he had been his while life, for example, the war. i'm sure people would not reflect on his massive injuries as being lucky. butth but he considered he was lucky to have lived. he had been called upon with three other people, three other soldiers, to cross a river in the dark of night, to find out what was going on, on the other side of the river, and he and his three companions, i
. >> the president is going away for christmas. he's going to hawaii for 20-something days. where am i going to be? where are my neighbors going to be? we aren't going to have a place to call home. >> all that can happen and all that will happen is one side will concede. >> will the president stay in town through the course of these negotiations? >> you are going to enjoy your holiday in hawaii. aim going to be here with no lights, no electric, no plumbing, what am i going to do for the holidays. >> what obama wants is a confession. >> should anyone in washington be going on vacation in the middle of this fiscal crisis? should the president be jetting off to hawaii? both sides created this mess and they are the only ones who can fix it. from senior advisor president reagan began, pat buchanan joins us. pat, any promise of the president if he leaves town before this is resolved? >> i think the president is taking a tremendous risk here, greta. the reason is if this is not solved and it looks like it is going to come apart, say, on the 20th, 21st of december and he's splashing around at hawaii, you
in hawaii, heading back now to washington. that will happen tonight to work on the fiscal cliff deal. >> the looming fiscal cliff is forcing president obama to cut short his christmas vacation. >> president obama is cutting short his christmas vacation. he is leaving hawaii tonight so that he can be back in washington when congress reconvenes tomorrow. >> laura: so we should believe that by leaving his island enclave that the president was making some big sacrifice for the country? i'm thinking washington, crossing the delaware on a bitter christmas night 1776 before going on to defeat the british in two major battles, that's sacrifice. i, for one, never understood how in good conscious any of these politicians would think about leaving town with so much riding on this cliff hanger? shouldn't they get their work done before they leave town for a break? that's what's expected for most working americans but then again washington politicians have rules of their own. people whose salaries that we pay are called public servants. meaning they verve us. not the other way around. we don't wo
decades. president obama cut his hawaii trip short arriving in washington early today. for now, the house of representatives is not in session but we've learned those lawmakers are set to return this weekend. today the senate majority leader, harry reid, says we've just about run out of time. >> if we go over the cliff, and that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak with four days left after today before the first of the year, aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll give them 48 hours notice. i can't imagine their consciences, out wherever they are around the country and we're here trying to get something done. >> we're awaiting reaction from the senate minority leader, mitch mcconnell. when that happens we'll go live to the senate floor but a spokesman for john boehner says senator reid should talk less and legislate more. the house passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. senate democrats have not. if the president and lawmakers cannot reach a deal in the next five days, automatic tax hikes and major spending cuts are set to kic
. >> aloha, hawaii. the president is on his way back to d.c. where for him it's about playing small ball with most members of congress still in their home district, speaker boehner put that ball in the senate's court. harry reid tossed it right back. are we looking at another lost day in the negotiations? hitching a right on air force one, the new senator from hawaii and it's not what we expected it to be. here we go again. the president in washington and another deadline. secretary geithner warns we will hit the debt ceiling even before we tumble over the fiscal cliff. good morning from washington. it is thursday, december 27th. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert. two days after christmas and washington is back to work trying to harsh out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the senate will get back from the session after holiday break. the president is expected to arrive back to the white house without his family to get back to twork mework to meet the loo deadline. mike is at the white house. let's start with you. the consensus around the hill is that we are more likely than n
. the president meanwhile is in hawaii and won't be returning until tomorrow. now, normally nothing happening would not be big news in washington. nothing happening is kind of the status quo in washington. getting nothing done is to our political system as saying great is to tony the tiger. it's just kind of what we do now. right now, this week, nothing happening is huge news. the reason is that usually when washington doesn't do anything nothing happens. you do nothing, nothing happens. that's how it goes. in fact that's why people call it doing nothing. after you do it, nothing occurs. if washington doesn't do something, a lot happens. all the bush tax cuts expire, the payroll tax cuts expire. doctors participating in medicare, see their reimbursements cut by more than 25%. good luck getting a doctor then. more than a trillion dollars in spending cuts are triggered. the economy probably falls back into recession, and merry christmas and happy new year from washington to you, the american people. heard about the offers and the counteroffers president obama and house speaker john boehner put
that the president moved to hawaii and that's where he is today. the congress is back home for the holidays and you have the fiscal cliff, that's still looming and as they call for armed guards in all of the nation's schools we'll talk to kasim reed, mayor of atlanta and one of the people around the country who say we need fewer gun, not more. >>> as millions travel home for the holidays, stay tuned for that. good day. i'm richard lui at the top of the hour and just two days to go before the fiscal deadline and congress has gone home for the holidays. >> in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans and that's an achievable goal that can get done in ten days. >> i don't want tax rates to go up and republicans don't want tax rates to go up. the best way to address our crippling debt is to make significant spending cuts and fix our tax code, to pave the way for long-term growth and opportunity. >>> nbc's kristin welker is traveling with the president in hawaii and kristin, the president you are just learning he thinks s
? >> reporter: do you feel the same way? >> and not know about perfect. >> i have been in hawaii. >> this must be a lot different than hawaii? >> when it is in hawaii it will rain and warm but here it is cold and freezing. and in hawaii, you do not even have to wear a coat if it starts to rain. >> reporter: many people brought a jacket but did not need it. i walnut creek, ft phillipe djegal, kron 4 news start developing news >> vicki: developing news out of oakland. tonight at eight -- more than four- thousand people are without power after a tree branch hit a powerline. p-g-&-e crews are on scene fixing the problem. officials say power should be restored by eight-45 this >> the holidays have hundreds of thousands of passengers traveling in-and- out of bay area airports. but rain put the breaks on some travel plans this week. today - flight schedules began to recover after storms caused massive delays last night. kron 4's mike pelton spent the morning with travelers as they prepared to take off. >> reporter: this is a popular spot at sfo making sure that there airline is on time. >> it is on
-time abc news reporter, now happily anchoring the news at kitv in honolulu, hawaii. distance involved in roughly 6,000 miles. my deadly for getting the pie to her? 24 hours. you send pies to hawaii? and they get there in one piece? >> amazingly, yes, they do. >> reporter: for precious and fragile items? best to leave the packaging to the professionals. >> have a great day. >> reporter: and the pie is out the door. first human link in the fedex chain. the first of many. >> i place the pie securely in one designated area in the truck. >> reporter: for the next few hours, you see that purple line? that's our pie on its journey headed for memphis, tennessee. why memphis? well, look at this place. it is fedex's global superhub which at more than 800 acres feels more like a military base than a shipping facility. and with christmas approaching it's a military base gearing up for battle. >> it's what we prepare for. it's our super bowl. >> reporter: this is your super bowl? >> this is our super bowl. >> reporter: marcus martinez keeps the planes running on time. and the vans and the trucks a
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